A ‘whole-of-society’ effort … that’s actually the terminology of basically every mainstream, censorship professional … What that means is four categories of institutions in society all working together towards the common goal of censorship. So you’ve got government, the private sector, civil society and the news media and fact checking. … At the News Media & Fact Checking level you’ve go political like-mindeds among the media that are propped up by the government, by the public sector, by the civil society, so that they can manage public narratives about various issues and can amplify pressure for censorship by creating negative press on the tech companies.”
Mike Benz, Executive Director, Foundation for Freedom Online, interviewed on American Thought Leaders
My take on it
It becomes clear that Censorship is worthy of being called an industry.
It is also a system; which raises the question, What is its objective, its deliverable?
One slide on this clip makes that statement that ‘Disinformation is not going to be fixed by government acting alone.’ So there you have it: Disinformation is the claimed justification for censorship.
In the Perfect Markets model there is a full, free and instantaneous flow of information. In a free society each individual gets to make of what they will of whatever information may cross their path.
Censorship is then a barometer of whether the government is seeking to serve the people, or just to control them.